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San Simeon

More Than a Famous Castle on a Hill

San Simeon may be home to one of California’s most well known landmarks Hearst Castle, but it is much more than that.

Spend time in this little coastal town and you will uncover some of its hidden treasures. Along the coast are the Northern Elephant Seals breeding grounds and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. There is also several California State Parks to visit and camp at and from late December to February you might catch a glimpse of a Grey Whale as they migrate from Alaska to their breeding grounds in Baja.

Of course the main reason most people visit San Simeon is Hearst Castle. This 165 room estate was built by William Randolph Hearst as an alternative to camping on the property.

San Simeon is part of the Coast Unified School District and features 1 elementary school, 1 middle school, and 1 high school.